Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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An optimistic story for your Friday: @sonoraninst details how the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in @pimaarizona came about. A long-term collaboration of many actors ensured this #OpenSpace would link adjacent spaces together. #LongReads

Celebrating Collaborative Conservation and 20 Years - Las Cienegas NCA

In 2000, the pristine Las Cienegas area received National Conservation Area designation. In a different time it could easily have turned to a battlegr...


The City of Lawrence, MA (@COL1853) has recently seen several indicators of success turn positive, bolstered by a @BostonFed grant. But will their progress be interrupted by the ongoing coronavrius crisis? by @portereduardo

Lawrence, Mass., received a $700,000 grant over three years from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

One City‘s Road to Recovery Offers Lessons, and Hope

Lawrence, Mass., once an industrial power, set out to reverse a long decline with the Federal Reserve‘s help. Now it faces a new economic challe...


Attempts to stem the ongoing coronavirus outbreak mean that city councils, state legislatures are learning to govern remotely for the first time: via @brown_alex_ for @PewTrusts

Cities, Legislatures Learn to Govern by Conference Call

Lawmakers can’t meet, but they still need to vote.


Private sector #manufacturing facilities are retooling to produce face masks and other PPE for healthcare facilities battling #Coronavirus. @HickeyFreeman in @CityRochesterNY is just one example:

Hickey Freeman To Make Face Masks for Rochester General

Rochester General uses 15,000 face masks a day.


Housing is just one of the many service areas in our work. Our thoughts are with the housers spending every day at the front line of managing #COVID-19 related #AffordableHousing needs and measures: via @shelterforce

The Many Fronts of COVID-19 Related Housing Needs and Measures — Shelterforce

Stable housing is crucial during a pandemic. Front-line providers and local governments are moving to address the impacts, but they need more federal ...


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